Boston Globe: Specialized skills for a competitive job market

May 20, 2013

An article in The Boston Globe’s “Money & Careers” section on Sunday, May 19, focused on the skills that Massachusetts and regional employers are seeking, noting two degrees offered by Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies:

Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs in Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices

The article noted, “Due to the Boston area’s large number of biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies seeking approval for products from the US Food and Drug Administration, there’s a need for employees who understand the regulatory process…

Northeastern offers a master of science in regulatory affairs in drugs, biologics, and medical devices. It’s not a law-degree program, but rather a nuts-and-bolts review of what’s required when complex medical products have to go through extensive clinical trials before they can be sold to the public.

The program includes courses on drug and medical device regulation, the legal intricacies of human medical experiments, and the process of clinic trials.”

Master of Science in Project Management

Project management skills are in demand across several industry sectors. The Boston Globe noted, “...Companies need people who can analyze, plan, implement, and complete projects that achieve corporate goals. As a result, project management is becoming an increasingly popular post-college field of study.

Northeastern offers a master’s degree in project management, which can take 18 months to three years to complete on a part-time basis. The program, which focuses on such topics as project scheduling and monitoring, cost and risk management, and budget and personnel management, is attracting students working in technology, finance, construction, and health care.”


Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master’s degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern’s research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.